Transit Police union votes to ratify contract with SEPTA

Kristen Johanson
March 18, 2019 - 3:32 pm
SEPTA transit police union have called a strike.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The SEPTA Transit Police union has voted to accept a contract with SEPTA, but there is still one more step until the contract goes through.

SEPTA's board still has to approve the five-year contract, which includes two major sticking points. 

The first: cops being able to review their body cameras. 

"We have gone through and clarified some points on the body worn camera reporting. It will still require that the officers will still have to submit an initial report after a response to resistance, or after an arrest," said SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch. 

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The other was a salary increase. 

"A total of 10.5 percent in raises. Also over the life of the contract, members will increase their contribution to health cares, so it stays in line with the other contracts we have negotiated," he added. 

Busch says the raise won't affect riders as they prepare for the "expected expense" with fare increases every few years.

SEPTA's board will vote March 28 on whether to approve the changes. If so, the changes will go into affect March 31. 

A request for comment from the Fraternal Order of Transit Police Lodge 109 has not been returned.